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. and i'll ask the former governor of michigan how to get people back to work. and a prime minister speaks out about the terror attacks that shocked the world. this is "piers morgan tonight." today president obama billed a 3 trillionplan to cut the deficit. reduce spending in iraq and afghanistan and higher taxes on the wealthiest american. republican leaders promptly dismissed it calling the plan class warfare. does the president's plan have a chance? joining me is gene sperling director of the national economic council. thank you for joining me. the president announced today he'll go after the rich. the republicans say that is a form of class warfare. the president says it's math. but the reality is it is class warfare. the rich are a class and he's going after them. >> it's the opposite. the president is asking for balance, for shared sacrifice. he's asking for everybody to contribute and getting our long-term deficit down. he wants a plan that will be strong and powerful. the american jobs act. but we come to fiscal discipline, we all have to be in this together. when the president put
first! we have the resources! >> meanwhile, michigan, another battleground state, and the battle is playing out this weekend. governors perry and romney were there at a republican party event. candy crowley will have straw poll results that are due a little later this hour. we'll chat with her about that. meanwhile, listen to mitt romney talk about what he'll do on day one as president. >> the burden of regulation is even larger than the burden of our taxation. if i'm president the first thing i'm going to do on day one is issue an executive order saying all the regulations put in place by barack obama's administration are put on hold and we're getting rid of the ones that killed jobs. >> again we are expecting results of that straw poll in michigan coming up at the bottom of the hour. we'll check in with candy crowley. >>> six minutes past the hour now. 80 protesters arrested at demonstrations on wall street during the biggest one-day crackdown in more than a week. we told you about these protests last week when they first started. demonstrators you see here have been gathering
powerless. i think the people in michigan really node -- need a hand. we need work, we want work. that's all. we don't want a handout. we want jobs. >> in michigan on monday, mr. obama said he's prepared to fight for his new job growth proposals, defend organized labor and take steps to restore america's middle class. he also expressed hope for the future of detroit. >> it's like the commercial says. this is a city that's been to heck and back. and while there are a lot of challenges here, i see a city that's coming back. you ask somebody here if times are tough, they'll say, yeah, it's tough but we're tougher. look at what we're doing to overcome. look at what we're doing to rebuild and re-invent and redefine what it means to live in this great city. >> well, in a sign that president obama's optimism may not be for nothing, a general motors plan to once produce gas-guzzlie ining sedans has be reborn as the only automobile factor of its kind in the united states. casey wian has more from o'ryan, michigan. >> reporter: brad was working at a gm plan in the wisconsin that was about to close in
but we could see an upset. >> thank you very much. so from florida to michigan rick perry convenient the murder to mitt romney territory just a short time ago. perry and romney are both attending a michigan gop conference. romney was born in michigan and his father was a popular governor there. and according to bankrate.com 30 year mortgages are at a all time low. one study shows 60% of americans are questioning home ownership. why are mortgages causing so many hardships? financial expert has our financial fix later on this hour. it feels like a short cut, even through customs. that's what it feels like to be a member. anti-government protesters clashed again today in the capital of yemen. rifle fire and rockets exploding. two dozen people were killed today. many more injured according to medical sources there. yemen's president returned to his country just yesterday. after three months spent in saudi arabia recovering from an assassination attempt. the protesters want him out of office. >>> in other international news. ceo of ubs resigned today. the swiss bank lost $2.3 billion in a
in just over an hour they will be counting votes in a florida straw poll. michigan is holding a straw poll today. the outcome could be critical to candidates who lagged behind. our political reporter is in orlando, florida, two big gop straw polls in one day. let's start with florida. who showed up? >> reporter: today the main top tier candidates mitt romney and rick perry went to michigan for that other straw poll you referenced. candidates here today are those lesser known folks. herman cain. newt gingrich. jon huntsman's family came on their behalf because they're desperate for traction. straw polls are good to show that they are in the race. i have to tell you that herman cain's name has come up a lot here in wake of thursday night's presidential debate. a lot of people thought that rick perry stumbled and activists are deciding between romney and perry but cain's name comes up as offering common sense solutions is the phrase you hear from them. >> let's talk about the straw poll that will take place in michigan. how pivotal is that one? >> reporter: as i said, rick perry and mitt romn
the house's on friday. >>> and a michigan straw poll over the weekend, romney registers just over 50% of the vote with the texas governor finishing far back in second place with 17%. perry also finished a distant second in saturday's florida straw poll to businessman herman cain. cain with a surprising 37% of the vote with perry's 15%. romney finished third in florida with 15%. perry had been considered the front-runner until his disappointing performance at thursday's gop debate. what does this mean for the gop race? we'll ask herman cain live when he joins us right here on "american morning" at 7:40 eastern. >>> president obama is keeping the focus on his jobs plan. after a fund-raiser in seattle, the president will attend a series of evens in california today beginning with a town hall. live at the white house, dan lothian is here to tell us more. >> reporter: about 250 people expected to be at that town hall. we're told the questions will be posed by members of link'd in, also the ceo of that company will pose questions to the president. the focus of that town hall will be on the
him. the other straw poll was in michigan. mitt romney blew everyone away there with 51% of the vote. perry got just 17%. romney, by the way, is from michigan and he won the state's primary in 2008. >>> two americans will be waking up in the united states this morning after they were freed in iran. josh fattal and shane bauer stepped off a plane in new york. they were arrested in iran in 2009 after allegedly hiking over the border from iraq. they told reporters they were hostages, not prisoners. held in almost complete isolation. >> from the very start the only reason we have been held hostage is because we are american. >> every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at guantanamo bay, remind us of cia prisons in other parts of the world and conditions iranians experience in prisons in u.s. >> the two talked about how they heard the screams of other inmates and what they called a total sham of a trial. >>> let's head to atlanta now and economic in with meteorologist reynolds wolf is in today. >> you never know exactly
're a republican running for president, you want to be in either michigan or florida this weekend. that's where two major straw polls are being held. cnn reporter peter hamby joining us from orlando, florida. peter, why is the contest there, florida, florida, florida, considered so important? >> reporter: florida will be the state in the general election, no doubt next year, one of them, one of the major swing states. but the state republican primary will be pivotal. the candidates believe, people in florida believe it was for john mccain in 2008 when he defeated mitt romney and catapulted himself to presidency. presidency five is the name of the confab, a philly day event, started with a debate thursday night, a conference where they all spoke. today a straw poll where 3500 or so republican activists will cast a vote in the straw poll and pick for president. rick perry is the only candidate competing in the straw poll, courting the delegates. he's expected to win. if he doesn't win, that would be a big surprise, fred. >> let's talk about another straw poll, this one being held in michigan. what's
% of the vote. the florida straw poll isn't the only one we're watching. the michigan republican party will have one. we'll hopefully have results around 8:30 eastern time. mitt romney and rick perry are the favorites. both made appearances at that event. during his speech, perry took a shot to his fellow front-runner mitt romney and tried to put his rough debate performance behind him. >> there are may be slicker candidates, and there may be smoother debaters, but i know what i believe in. i'm going to stand on that belief every day. i will guide this country with a deep, deep rudder. >> for all your political news and updates, you know the place to go. cnn.com/politics. >>> five minutes past the hour. let economy turn to seattle now where -- let me turn to seattle now where a fire-fight ends with a man being killed after being armed with two rifles. [ gunfire ] >> you're hearing it play out there. apparently this man was walking down the street pointing the guns at people. he didn't fire until he got to an elementary school. next door to where this happened, a high school football was going on
obama will spend his labor day in michigan a state hard hit by employment. in his annual address, the president is expected to preview his jobs plan to union workers and their families in detroit. he'll unveil his entire plan in a speech on thursday night. the administration says it will lay out a series of steps that congress could act upon, including transportation and infrastructure initiatives. initiatives to help homeowners and tax breaks to support new hires. >> if you are not hiring, you're unpatriotic according to the international brotherhood of teamers james hoffa. on the state of the union, hoffa called apple, general electric and pfizer unpatriotic for opening factories and stores overseas instead of investing in employment right here in the united states. he said, big companies have a responsibility to get americans back to work and if they aren't doing that, president obama should call them out. >> i think the president should challenge the patriotism of these american corporations that are sitting on the sidelines saying why do we have high unemployment but i'm not
to help. >>> the political spotlight is on florida and michigan this weekend. earlier today, mitt romney won the straw poll at the republican conference of 681 votes cast, romney captured 51% and candidate rick perry won 16%. in the florida straw poll yesterday, involving the republican presidential candidates, herman cain was the big winner, collecting 37% of the votes. rick perry came in second. and michele bachmann got just 1%. cain said the win shows he cannot be ignored. >>> what does the florida straw poll win mean for herman cain's campaign and is new jersey governor chris christie being pressured to enter the presidential race. earlier today, i spoke with political blogger danielle belton about the changing political landscape of the presidential race. so, danielle, leading up to this straw poll, some were willing to say that this was a two-man race between romney and perry. herman cain's win in florida, that straw poll, how much of a game changer is this? >> well, you know, as exciting as this probably is for herman cain and people who support him this is a poll that people were
. >> yeah, florida and then also as well michigan this morning. let's start in michigan, the mackinaw island conference, a republican activist up there, look at the results. at the top, mitt romney with 51% of the delegates voting for him. we knew he would do well, the former massachusetts governor was born in michigan, his dad was a popular governor. romney won the republican primary last time around. perry way down in -- way, way back there. he did go to michigan to campaign for this. but not so well in the results. let's go to the one out of florida. this is the florida presidency five. the winner was not rick perry, which a lot of people thought he would be. it was herman cain by a long shot. there is rick perry at 15%. romney at 14 and so on. and, fred, this is interesting because maybe these results are a reflection of the uneven debate performances we have seen from rick perry, both in florida. could be troubling. he's still the front-runner but this is troubling for rick perry. >> so straw polls, how important are they really? >> yes and no. they're a test of a campaign outreach to a
will support this democratic president or will we see in places like michigan what we saw in the reagan days, blue collar reagan democrats helping the republicans? >> i think it's going to be different this time because of the attack on the -- on labor by the tea party. we had 100,000 people at a rally in madison, wisconsin. we had 50,000 people in ohio. we collected a million signatures in ohio. people realize what's going on, that they might have voted republican a small group of organized labor. but i think people are aware now that this group is coming after them. when they start talking about, you know, getting rid of social security, medicare, medicaid, rolling back collective bargaining in major states, i think this is -- this has been the wake-up call an maybe labor needs. and some of those people that voted republican are now going to say, what a mistake i made because i didn't know they were going to take my job away, i didn't know they were going to take clollective bargaining awa. you saw what they did and what they believe in. and you heard this debate in washington with regard
the jobs numbers and this city suffering worst than most. unemployment here is at -- well, in michigan it's at 10.9%, but in detroit it's almost at 16%. over 50% are among the long-term unemployed. why does that matter in this is a state that the president won by 17 points. and now his approval rating in the state is at 34%. those are bismol numbers, ted. he has to get the numbers up if he hopes to win re-election. we will see the president here not just today but a lot in the next year as he campaigns for re-election. >> any hint on what he will talk about today and specifically if there will be any sneak peek into what he will deliver on thursday in terms of his plan? >> in terms of the plan we will hear him talk about the fact that he will press for measures that had bipartisan support in the past. this is a big theme for the white house, the kinds of initiatives he is proposing to increase job employment in this country, and they have had the support of republicans previously so should again. i know that we will have him talk about the importance of having a strong middle class for ec
wants to put romney away. >> we also had another straw poll from michigan this morning and i think it was 50% -- more than 50% here. 50.9%. the mackinaw straw poll, rick perry 16.8%. mitt romney runs away with it now. he's basically the hometown boy in michigan. his father was governor there and this is activist republicans, romney's a very familiar name. is there anything we should read into any of these straw polls? >> you don't want to overinterpret straw polls. 600 or 700 people in michigan voting in that, 400 or 500 in florida. the races continue to be unsettled. i think what we've learned this weekend is that there's going to be an extended fight between mitt romney and rick perry. they both have some strength. they both have a considerable amount of money, we think, the ability to raise money. and neither of them have closed the deal. that's what i take away from this weekend. >> mitt romney has been an incredibly lucky candidate. when he was coasting along as the front-runner, in the spring and summer the other candidates didn't want to engage too much with one another. the
poll result. the other one that came out this weekend, michigan, and mitt romney is at the top. no surprise here. listen, romney was born in michigan. his father a former governor there. very popular. romney won the primary there back in 2008. he was expected to win. but perry did go up to michigan and campaign and he was a distant second. for perry, i think a lot of people are saying that those uneven debate performances, especially last week and the attacks on rick perry over his stance on illegal immigration, may be taking a toll. one other thing from the debates or from the straw polls, michele bachmann nowhere to be seen near the top. remember she won the straw poll in iowa in august. but she finished very low down in both of these straw polls. one thing about those, they are important. they are a gauge or a test or a barometer of a campaign with a lot of activists. they are not the end all and be all. if they were, herman cain or ron paul would be the nominee, and nobody thinks that is very likely, kyra. >> mitt romney going to meet with donald trump today. what is it abo
that debate as well. is the president spoke to a friendly audience in michigan at a union event in detroit. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellen is there. he was pretty warmly received in detroit. >> he really was, wolf. and you know, labor day is traditionally the kickoff to campaign season. the president came to detroit and delivered a campaign style speech. >> as long as i'm in the white house, i'm going to stand up for collective bargaining. >> for a moment, it seemed like old finals temperature -- old times. >> four more years! four more years! >> the president took his sharpened message out for a test drive. >> we have roads and bridges across this country that need rebuilding. labor is onboard, business is onboard. we just need congress to get onboard. >> if they don't act, he all but threatened to campaign against a do-nothing congress. >> the time for washington games is over. the time for action is now. no more manufactured crisis, no more games. it's time for them to stop worries about their jobs. it's time for them to worry about your jobs. >> the people in michig
-runner's status this weekend. mitt romney won michigan straw poll by a 3-1 margin over perry. now, romney's father served as michigan governor in the '60s making the son somewhat of a home state favorite. in florida, herman cain took top billing. he drew twice as many votes as perry, with romney in third place. cain says he won because voters are beginning to notice his 999 tax plan. here's how he explains it. >> my plan is bold because it throws out the tax code and imposes a business flat tax of 9%, personal flat tax of 9%, national sales tax of 9%. it replaces all of the taxes that people are now having to grapple with and it provides search engine to the business community which is what they're looking for in order to grow this economy. >> governor perry jumped into the race for the gop nomination. that was just six weeks ago. instantly topped the polls but critics say that perry's debate performances have been kind of shaky, leaning to some doubts. >>> well, in 3 1/2 hours we're going to get new details on the washington monument and perhaps when it's going to reopen to tourists. it's been cl
dropped him at the university of michigan for debate camp for three weeks and thought he would be okay. wrong. he called me up two days later and felt dumb. he said the other kids at camp were far ahead of him and started yelling at me for not getting him in a better school. problem is, that he's already in the best school in our city. he says, i don't know what they're preparing us for but it's not college. my poor kid has discovered something we've known for years, not all school districts are created equal. there are at love factors for this, of course. but the one i find most telling is the correlation between poverty and academic achievement. according to the u.s. census bureau, grand rapids, michigan, has a 28.9% poverty rate amongst school age children. only 30% of students who take the michigan exam were proficient in math, 43% proficient in reading. when you look at the poorer cities in my state you'll find some numbers below 10%. conversely, the 10 wealthiest districts have scores in the mid 70s up to 90. how is that leaving no child behind? this correlation, not unique to mi
in michigan, another state moving up its primary position in the race for the white house. results of the straw poll there, they come out tomorrow morning. t.j. >> thanks to our paul steinhauser and president obama has an important night, a speech to the congressional black caucus. the caucus has been critical of the white house for the way he has handled the issue of jobs, unemployment among african-americans was almost 17% last month. eight minutes past the hour. a passionate plea from the palestinians for their own state. you see the president there requested it. it's a largely symbolling move since the united states said they would veto the move. a short time after abbas spoke, benjamin netanyahu had a chance to fire back. listen to both sides. >> translator: this is a moment of truth. our people are waiting to hear the answer of the world. will it allow israel to continue the last occupation in the world? >> the palestinians should first make peace with israel and then get their state. >> behind the scenes negotiators put together a rough time line for further peace talks betw
life once growing up in grand rapids, michigan but he seemingly does all he can to mask the memories of hardship. a few miles from the gym, this is the ode to opulence where mayweather is known to spend frequent afternoons, tobin motor cars. joining him for a browse today, r&b singer ray jay. >> limited edition. >> mayweather owns 14 luxury cars, collection valued at more than $4 million. on this visit he negotiates an impromptu trade, one of his bentleys for a new rolls royce. >> you want to come to the dealership and meet me at my house and me the difference and we will take care of it. i will give you cash. >> several hours later, back at the mayweather mansion, a man they call chop arrives with the call they call the ghost. >> rolls royce effect. we add another rolls royce to the collection, you know what i'm saying. that's what it is. all white, that's right. money men don't play. >> following a bit of paperwork, the exchange is made. a cash payment makes up the difference. >> thank you. >> appreciate another beautiful with the champ. >> we do that. we trade a super sport in and
into the conversation, i want to show a little moment here. governor romney and his wife were at an event in michigan. i'm going to call this no disrespect to anybody intended. i'm sure some will be taken, al gore like. >> you want a better kiss than that? >> no, no, no. >> we're not going to do an al gore moment. >> we bring that out not just because it's cute video, kevin, you saw the horse race numbers that perry, romney -- if you break it down there's a gender gap in the republican field. among men, 35% of republican men say perry. 18% say romney. among women, 26% say romney and 22% say perry. why do we have a gender gap? >> well, i think one of the -- erick made this point earlier, as people start to learn more about governor perry, some of the issues that are not very helpful to him with women voters have come to the forefront. namely, the hpv vaccine. for mothers out there with daughters that were forced to have an inoculation, they may see that as something they don't agree with, and something they reject. i also think there's a point where governor romney, many voters have started to gravitate
. they were out in michigan over the weekend and i'm going to call this, no disrespect to anybody intended, al gore liked. >> you want a better kiss than that? we're not going to do an al gore moment. >> we bring that out not just because it's cute video, kevin, you saw the horserace numbers that perry, romney -- if you break it down there's a gender gap. among men, 35% of republican men say perry. 18% say romney. among women, 26% say romney and 22% say perry. why do we have a gender gap? >> well, as people start to learn more and more about governor perry, some of the issues that are not very helpful to him with women voters have come to the forefront. mainly for the hpv vaccine. mothers with daughters that were forced with an inocculation, they may see that as something that they don't agree with and will reject. i think that there's a point where governor romney -- many have gravitated over to him because the overall issue has been the economy. and moms, dads, all people who are young really want this economy fixed. and his electability has been very apparent and he's gained with many voter
of weekend straw poll votes. front-runner rick perry came in a distant second in both michigan and florida. mitt romney won the michigan straw poll. that's not particularly shocking since romney was born in michigan and his father was a michigan governor. the big surprise was in florida where underdog herman cain pulled off a stunning upset. cain got 37% of the vote in the presidency five straw poll. perry only got 15%. we'll talk it over in our "fair game" segment next hour. >>> one of two fullerton, california police officers charged with beating a homeless man to death entered a not guilty plea today. man well ramos is charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the july 5th death of 37-year-old kelly thomas. we've been following this case here on the show. prosecutors say the homeless man begged for his life as ramos and another officer tasered him an beat him. the judge has scheduled a november 4th pretile hearing for ramos. that is the same day as a scheduled hearing for the other defendant, who entered a not guilty plea last week. >>> back now t
for people who are paralyzed. pretty amazing. one of a professor it at the university of michigan. thank you, jesse, so much for joining us on the show and bringing mabel with you. first, mabel doesn't exactly are sound like the amazing name of a futuristic row are bot. what does it stand for? >> it it's short for michigan an though poe morph ick -- with electric legs. but mabel is powered by four electric motors. when we were naming the robot, i wanted "m" nor michigan and "b" for bi-ped. the rest fell into place. >> i'm fascinated by mabel's knees. this is pretty rare for a robot to move like this? >> yes. what we're doing in this lab is working on the feedback algorithms, measuring the position and speed of all the robots' various joints. they do that once every millie second. we cal late what these joints should be doing and then we adjust the power commands to the motor such that the robot plays out the right responses to various responses. so the general field is called feedback control. we apply these methods to robots like mabel. >> so mabel is really cool. we all agree with that, bu
of a bloomfield, michigan cruiser. he moved the hands to in front of him. he emptied his pockets which contained heroin. then he used his mouth to loosen the handcuffs. let's time it to see how long it takes him to take off the cuffs. left alone in the cruiser with the radio on, alexander gnawed, salivated and tugged for a mere 17 seconds before the cuff came off. he kept looking around for the officer. you could almost see him think. while we're at it, shouldn't the suspect be wearing a seatbelt? then the minor detail, how he opened the window. the barrier between the front and back was left open. he crawled into the front seat. watch the light change as he presses the button, opening the rear window. this cruiser was cuffed. a burglar in utah went out there a moving police car. when he threw himself out, he was not seriously hurt. he was recovered. his freddie mercury moment short lived. ♪ i've got to break free >>> all right, this morning presidential candidates spanning across the country from the east coast to the west and smack in the middle of the heartland. we are following them every
america wonderful. >> you mitt romney and rick perry leaving florida, heading to michigan today for a major republican conference going on there. we'll have more on the battle for florida next hour and take you live to orlando where both of those major conservative conferences are going on right now. meanwhile to the president right now, no child left behind. the obama administration saying it will immediately start reviewing applications from states that want to opt out of parts of that education plan. president obama spoke about the reasons for the change in his weekly address. >> while the goals behind no child left behind were admira e admirable, experience has taught us the law had serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them. teachers are being forced to teach to the test while subjects like history and science are being squeezed out. in an order to avoid having their schools labeled as failures, some schools lowered their standards in a race to the bottom. >> president obama has an important night ahead of him. he has a speech to the congressional
already made his travel plans to fly back to michigan and spend the christmas holiday with his family. brian's attention to detail had ensured that all the christmas gifts he had meticulously selected for his family had already been bought and sent in the mail prior to his arrival. brian did ultimately come home that christmas. we buried him not far from the house that he was raised in just prior to christmas day. >> his still grieving cousin speaking before the house oversight committee. the committee also heard from atf whistleblowers. >> we weren't giving guns to people who were hunting bear, we were giving guns to people who were killing other humans. >> rather than meet the wolf head-on, we sharpened his teeth, added number to his claw. all the while we sad idly by watching, tracking and noting as he became a more efficient and effective predator. >> remember the idea was to give guns to gun runners, to drug runners, to mexican drug cartels, track where those weapons were and ultimately -- ultimately on the mexican side of the border arrest the people and kind of figure out the n
low is a number of water spouts reported off of lake michigan. look at these pictures from yesterday morning. this was two to five miles off the coast. you can see them from milwaukee and the chicago area. there were literally dozens of reports of this. this is kind of an unusual thing that happens from time to time over lake michigan, don. that water is so warm right now. it is 25 degrees warmer than the cold air that moved in and that produces instability and why they had so many water spouts there yesterday. a lot of rotations all over the place. we will continue to track the storms and if anything changes in memphis, we will let you know. >> i lived on the lake and can attest to that. not that i saw them so much but i know it does happen. thank you. >>> cnn international desk editor is here with some interesting news items that you might have heard about. let's begin in spain. centuries-old trgs tradition is coming toed and in that part of the country. >> when you think of spain and barcelona you think of bull fighting. today marked the end of an era that has been synonymous with
" has the connotation of what mitt romney's father said in michigan some 40 or 50 years ago. 40 years ago. i think that's why it also raised alarms. but clearly there are blocs in this country who vote the way they do. that's been a historical pattern up and down every demographic strata you can divide the electorate over. that's part of america. always has been. >> cornell? >> if you say that, that's fine. but when you say that people are brainwashed, a certain racial group is brainwashed for doing that, that's the problem. >> interesting discussion. cornell, appreciate it. >> but it's not racist. >> it's bigoted. if someone is making bigoted statements, yeah, i got no problem calling them a racist or a bigot. >> guys, interesting discussion. appreciate you having it, cornell belcher, ari fleisher, thank you. programming note, we're announcing the arizona republican party and cnn will co-host a gop presidential debate december 1st in arizona, october 18th in las vegas, 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on cnn. let's see if herman cain gets questions on that. >>> still ahead, an exclusive
be shaped by what happens this weekend in florida and in michigan, earlier today, mitt romney won the straw poll at michigan's republican conference. of 681 votes cast, romney captured 51% and rick perry was a distant second with 16%. and then in that florida straw poll yesterday as we mentioned herman cain was the winner collecting 37% of the vote. rick perry came in second but way back behind cain and romney was just behind perry. ca his n says his win shows he cannot be ignored. political blogger danielle blotten, joins us. some were willing to say this was a two-man race between romney and perry. herman cain's win in florida, the straw poll, how much of a game changer is this? >> you know, as exciting as this probably is for herman cain and people who support him this is a poll that people pay to vote in. the most motivated insiders and activists who basically want to send a message to governor rick perry about his poor performance in the most recent debate and about some of the other concerns they've had about him. he didn't really campaign as vigorously as cain did in florida. cain di
badly in michigan. i think there's something to this. >> let me go to craig crawford, still on location in orlando. those fox anchors went not only after rick perry pretty hard but invited rick santorum and mitt romney to beat him up, as well. no wonder you get headlines the next day saying "perry under fire." >> yeah, what we've seen with the media on the flip side of what david said, rushing to write off candidates, i think it's crazy to name front-runners this early. i mean, look at the history of that. we've had people like howard dean and wesley clark named front-runners this early. hillary clinton, rudy giuliani, fred thompson, the list goes on. i don't know why we have to name front-runners so early. and this group here these last three days in talking to these delegates, howard, they are soft on perry and romney. that's what led the way for cain. they are very much taken aback by what they see as governor perry's liberal views on treating illegal immigrants. they are underwhelmed by romney's, what they see as his techno carr technocratic style and are tired of the bickering -- >
're not, actually. perry just left florida. he's flying out to michigan where there's yet another gop conference at mackinac island, which is a beautiful pastoral resort up in michigan where a bunch of activists are covered. there's another straw poll, so we get to see how these candidates are faring among the debate among these trushl voters, t.j. >> peter, thank you. >>> president obama has an important night ahead of him. he has a speech to the congressional black caucus. the caucus has been critical of the white house for the way the president has handled the issue of jobs. unemployment among african-americans was almost 17% last month. >>> we're down to ten, ten they're rows we're talking about. the cnn heros top ten list is out. did your favorite make the cut? you will find out, next. >>> still to come this morning, it's the end of an era. after 41 years on the air, "all my children" has said good-bye. coming up, i'm talking to the guy that the ladies know so well, michael e. knight, or better known to you as tad martin here with me this morning. >>> we're at 24 minutes past the
to a story we are are following out of michigan. you know, some might call one walgreens employee a hero after he pulled a gun on armed rob rers in may. the robbers took off, no one was hurt. but walgreens apparently didn't think there was anything heroic about it it at all. in fact, the company fired this man. now that employee was a pharmacist. he is now suing. as part of the case, we're getting video surveillance of the entire thing as it went down. here is reporter steve patterson of affiliate wzzm. >> i feared for my life. >> reporter: in may, two armed men entered a walgreens in benton harbor where jer huven worked. they take a manager hostage and push him to the back of the store. >> the gunman repeatly attempted to fire upon me. >> reporter: in this edited security footage, given to wzzm 13 news from huven's attorney, you can see a masked man leap over the counter, weapon drawn. >> in self-defense, i fired my weapon. >> reporter: and the crooks ran off. in a press conference on wednesday, the pharmacist says he has hey permit for the weapon but was fired a week later. >> mr. huve
along the shore of lake michigan and some of the waves here could be well over 20 feet crashing onshore. obviously in the way of showers as well. the big story is the wind and a cool front which will kick out. sitting and spinning here. unfortunately, this was not moving all that fast either. sticking around the northeast. some of these -- this temperature, getting to the east coast. 76 in new york today. but 59 in chicago. because the wind, a lesser extent the metros and san francisco. pushing everything out 15 to 20 degrees below average is what we expect over or the weekend. going to be chilly. and a category 2 storm passes by bermuda heading out again. bioluminescence, the red tide. at night when these phytoplankton, the waves actually glow. >> that's awesome. >> look at this. maybe a couple more weeks. if you live in socal, check it out. >>> the question this morning, was herman cain fair when he said african-american voters were brainwashed. i know you heard him say think, but just in case, here it is. >> why is the african-american public -- >> many african-americans have been br
and vice president biden hitting the campaign trail on this labor day. the president will be in michigan, speak to a detroit labor council while the vice president heads to cincinnati, ohio, for an afl-cio event. >>> the top republican candidates for president will be in south carolina today for senator jim demint's tea party presidential forum. you can see that live beginning at 3:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. >>> and will eddie murphy host the 2012 oscars? reports say the actor and comedian has emerged as the leading candidate to host the february oscar telecast. a final decision could be made this week. >>> and that's the news you need to start your day. "american morning's" back right after this break. . >>> general motors is betting the new chevy sonic will be big in the small car market. it's the first subcompact to be built in the u.s. in decades and the first 2012 sonic is coming off the assembly line at a gm plant that was shut down. it's now full of life and workers again. cnn's casey wian has the story from orion, michigan. >> reporter: brad was working at a gm plant in wiscons
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, indiana, notre dame hosting michigan state, yesterday at notre dame it was 39 degrees yesterday morning. yesterday got to 60, today will get to 70. 3:30 kickoff time, 65 degrees, beautiful conditions. if you're heading there, it will be beautiful in the stands. once again, back to florida, florida hosting tennessee he, 3:30 this afternoon, about an isolated chance for a shower. 87 degrees. pretty steamy if our out there, but it certainly will be fun. games looking great, t.j. >> all right. notre dame, i've got to see if they can come back from what michigan did to them last week. thank you so much. we'll check in later. >>> we're getting close to the top of the hour. quick break. we'll be right back. stay with me. you don't just taste it, you feel it. ♪ do you believe in magic? ♪ ♪ it's magic ♪ [ male announcer ] it's a comfort that comes from the only caramel worthy of being wrapped in gold. ♪ do you believe in magic? [ male announcer ] werther's original caramel chocolate. what comfort tastes like. oh, we call it the bundler. let's say you need home and auto insurance. you g
in michigan today. he's appearing at an event hosted by the metro detroit central labor council. detroit hit hard by the labor crisis. and the president's remarks come three days before he outlines his plan for turning this jobs market around. >>> fighting, you see there, breaks out between egyptian police and families of people killed in the uprising against the former president, hosni mubarak. the families tried to push themselves into the building where mubarak's trial resumed. mubarak was again wheeled into court on a stretcher. he was charged with ordering the killing of protesters during the revolution in february. >>> libyan rebels pushed to the outskirts of moammar gadhafi's last strong hold. they have targeted the cities of bani walid and serte. talks broke down after an aggressive speech by one of gadhafi's brothers. >> reporter: i was told several months ago that the family was united. right now it's not, so it clearly indicates there are divisions there. gadhafi, just a little bit of his situation, says he has to move often, doesn't have time to watch television, he is save at th
to be one winner. it's going to be the workers of michigan and america. we're going to win that war. president obama, this is your army. we are ready to march, and president obama, we want one thing -- jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs! that's what we're going to tell him. he's going to be -- when he sees what we're doing here, he will be inspired, but he needs help. you know what? everybody here has got to vote. if we go back, keep the eye on the prize, let's take these sons of -- out and get back to where we belong. >> dan, how is the white house responding this morning? >> reporter: well, they're not. in fact, as the internet continues to burn with, you floe, comments about those remarks, you know, the suggestion that the president should weigh in and could not democrat them, i did have an e-mail exchange with a official who reiterated the white house would have no comment. instead what they're talking about is the focus of this administration, as the president is days away from delivers his jobs speech. we're being told it would be a combination of things we have he
. michigan/notre dame kicking off. the first night game? >> yes. >> the big house. >> 68 degrees. 30% chance of some showers. pretty nice. winds not a factor unlike what's happening with nasa, the winds a factor. shouldn't be a factor all day today for the college games. >> i have to go with michigan on this one. i was not -- >> anybody go with notre dame for any reason? >> come on. >> i think we learned our lesson last week of what we saw with notre dame. >> thank you so much. >> add such insight, you know. >> you sounded like you knew sports. >> ray, i will be nicer next week. >> can we have you next week? >> there's a little interesting weather tidbit, nasa was delayed because of high winds, winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere, between 15 and 22,000 feet. they're sending off one more weather balloon at 9:01 this morning, if that is a go we will look at the winds with the weather balloon sent up and know if it's going to go off at 9:08 this morning. 9:01 we'll know a little more. >> a font of information. >> weather, space. >> well rounded. >> we're right back. stay here. l to help
mortgages are underwater. in places like michigan, california, parts there, they're suffering from unemployment numbers that are greater than during the depths of the great depression. look, barack obama promised to cut the deficit in half, and instead he turned around and he tripled it. and now our national debt is growing at $3 million a minute. that's $4.25 billion a day. president obama, is this when you call winning the future? i call it losing, losing our country, and with it the american dream. president obama, these people, these americans feel that fierce urgency of now, but do you feel it, sir? the tea party was born of this urgency. it is the same sense of urgency that propelled the sons of liberty during the revolution,. it is the same sense of urgency that propelled the abolitionists before the civil war and the civil rights movement during the 20th century. the tea party movement is part of this noble american tradition. this movement isn't simply a political awakening, it is an american awakening. it is coming from ordinary americans, not the politicos in the beltway
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and the michigan game was stopped altogether, so there was wild midwest weather. >> how do you get 80,000 people out and then back in? >> very good question. an efficient evacuation plan. >> at least you know they have a plan in place. it was a good football yesterday, but looked different at one game than we are used to seeing. >> yeah, at the penn state game. and joe paterno was up in the press box, and no word on whether he will be on the sidelines next week when alabama comes to penn state, but you are talking about joe paterno, and he has been nine u.s. presidents come and go and he is still ticking, you know. >> he wants to be on the sideline. >> yeah, he wants to be, but the doctor said not yet and maybe next week. >> you like this video? >> yeah, he decides to bust a move. he has pretty good moves, i have to admit. he was doing a tv interview and asked to dance so he did, and there was a guy to dance during the match, and so he was showing the fan in the stand his own moves. very entertaining. >> what did he do, he won wimbledon and went back home and in a concert in the white jacket, an
put him at a distant second. in michigan, straw poll, perry finishing second, this time to romney, a native of michigan. perry placed a distance sec to paul in the california straw poll. these straw polls don't mean a lot. they are just mock elections. they don't necessarily reflect how the primaries will go. but if you are the republican front-runner, there is an expectation you win some of them within an advisor to jon huntsman campaign suggests it is increasingly clear that perry can't perform, saying he has a case of elec ti le dysfunction. perry's people say romney who has been in the question a lot longer, here is the question: are rick perry's 15 minutes up? go to our post on the situation rooms facebook page. pretty clever, electile dysfunction. >> clever. is that a word? >> i don't know and i don't want to know. >> thank you. >>> president obama is hoping his time isn't up when it comes to rallying support from a key voting block. we're talking about african-americans. but with unemployment and poverty among blacks, that may be easier said than done. listen to what the pr
she won't. nevada has the highest unemployment rate. there you go. california. michigan. south carolina. and the district of columbia. not a state obviously. these states many of them key presidential battlegrounds. another thing to watch, this one soon will come to a presidential debate near you. texas. the governor of texas is a candidate for president. his unemployment rate went up last month as well as he travels the country saying he is the best candidate to create jobs. but nationally is the big question. what can be done here in washington? is there anything the president has proposed that can help or are the answers maybe not in washington but out there in corporate america? let's get some perspective now from a man who has spent a lot of hours of late exploring the jobs question. his special, "restoring the american dream: getting back to work" airs sunday night at 8:00 here on cnn. i'm glad our colleague fareed zakaria can share some insights with us. first i want to break it in two parts, the debate in washington and the debate out there in what i'll call the real wo
brainwash has the connotation of what mitt romney's father said in michigan some 40 or 50 years ago. 40 years ago. i think that's why it also raised alarms. but clearly there are blocs in this country who vote the way they do. that's been a historical pattern up and down every demographic strat ta you can divide the electorate over. that's part of america. always has been. >> cornell? >> if you say that, that's fine. but when you say that people are brainwashed a certain racial group is for doing that, that's the problem. >> interesting discussion. cornell, appreciate it. >> but it's not racist. >> it's bigoted. if someone is making bigoted statements, i have no problem calling them a racist or a bigot. >> that's why a lot of people stay out of politics, anderson, because one word and then somebody's accusing you of being a racist. that's what's wrong with people in politics that make things like this into racism. >> what's wrong in politics is when you don't call bigoted statements out. that's what's wrong with politics. >> if this is bigotry, we have a lot to fear. >> well, we do have
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